Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
I could take Amtrak to Naperville and a shuttle bus to the hotel.
Chad and I presented a session "Developing Mobile GIS Applications" on Tuesday.
On the third day, my two-year term for the board member ended.
I would be able to spend more time preparing for Saku's birth.
Monday, October 20, 2014
In addition to hot breakfast, the hotel provides complimentary dinner including up to 3 alcohol beverages.
There is a DVD player in each room, and we enjoyed watching own movies as well as cable TVs.
We strongly recommend Drury Inn.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Firefox tends to consume lots of memory and crash more than expected.
For both home and office computers, I installed Google Chrome which seems to run faster and more stable.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Their ads and coupons are available on the website.
While Walgreens tends to discount milk, eggs, paper towels, and toilet paper, County Market is likely to sell meats especially chicken for less.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
For five days, we drove over 1800km (1100mi).
The states we passed were Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Missoiuri.
People we met include the Versches in Council Bluffs, the Alexanders in Onawa, Tom in Sioux City, the Gendeys in Sioux Falls, Tracy in Sioux City, the Laffeys in Onawa, Debbie in Onawa, and Mr. Warren in Onawa.
Photos and video are available on my website.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The store was packed due to the Japanese festival outside.
Alan and AJ also joined and seemed to enjoy a lot.
However, it was very hot outside.
There are photos and video available at Picasa,
I was very shocked at the price.
The price was definitely twice or three times more expensive than the average price in Japan.
I wonder how Japanese Americans would afford that.
We bought soft drinks(ジャスミン茶、カルピス), Sola's favorite snacks (ベジたべる), ramen noodles(サッポロ一番みそラーメン), and bean sprouts(もやし).
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
The trolley was very convenient.
I did not have to drive for five days.
From the airport, I took a bus to the downtown.
It took only 15 minutes and cost only $2.25.
From the downtown, I purchased a one day pass ($5).
Both the hotel and convention center are located near the train station.
Train comes every 15 minutes during day and 30 minutes off prime time.
I enjoyed the train ride and miss Tokyo.
I stayed at DoubleTree in San Diego Mission Valley for five days.
The hotel is in front of the train station, but there were coulple issues during the stay.
1. There was noise from the wall. The enginner found it was caused by the neighbor's AC and there was nothing he could do. I was not able to sleep well due to the noise.
2. Wireless Internet was down on the last day. Promotion code was expired for some reason. Instead of giving me a new code, the front staff kept tellinig me it should work. I could not check e-mail on the day.
Esri selected this hotel with a conference rate, I would not stay again.
Neither breafast nor Internet was included in the plan.
The hotel seems to care for brand rather than service.
Friday, July 25, 2014
I found a non-stop flight from STL to SAN for the reasonable price.
Both flights were full due to the conference.
Online check-in was easy, but non-reserved seats did not seem fair.
Although it was fortunate for me to find the aisle seat, not everyone could check-in exact on 24 hours advance.
Snacks and drinks are decent, and I would rate Southwest Airlines as B.
Friday, July 18, 2014
In addition to Esri Japan employees, I saw Caleb and Derek who are a former student from the GIS Center.
I learned a lot from technical workshops and exhibits and was surprised to see about15,000 people at the conference.
It was also fun to take a train around the city.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
It was my birthday present from myself.
Abby and I really enjoyed the tastes.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
It was not covered by our home warranty, and I attempted to repair last Sunday.
I first watched YouTube videos and memorized the procedures.
All I did was removing severely rusted screws and installing new ones I bought at Walmart.
Even though it took about one hour due to the tight space, it cost less than $5 for repair.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
I noticed that Google Maps has been updated recently.
Although additional functions were added, the applicaton is pretty heavy.
I started using Bing Maps by Microsoft which is relatively light.
I have not tested Yahoo Maps or Mapquest.
Let's see which one will survive in the future.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
After having lunch at Ruby Tuesdays, we hiked around Sunset Park near the downtown.
We also went to Wakonda State Park in La Grange but did not like the environment.
The last place we stopped was Menards, and it was an easy drive from Macomb to Quincy on IL Highway 336.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
At Geode State Park, we hiked from the beach at the lake to the campground (almost 3 miles - Google Earth).
The park is well maintained even though the waste water system is temporally down, it would be fun to camp there in the future.
After having dinner at Culver's, we watched the Burlington Bees baseball game.
It was one of the best games we watched (of course, the home team won).
We enjoyed a lot and got home little after 9pm.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
Abby and I had a train trip to Springfield, IL and walked around tourist spots in the downtown.
Sola enjoyed seeing animals including sea lion and rode a train at the zoo.
It was a wonderful week!
Friday, April 18, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
We stayed at this hotel during AJ's birthday party.
3 star hotel usually provides better facilities but does not incude complimentary breakfast.
Even coffee in the lobby area is additional charge.
We would not stay again unless there is a great deal with the price.
It was only $63 per night with advance purchase.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
We picked up the student on Friday afternoon and spent lots of time chatting about cultural differences between China and the United States.
At the Kiddie Festival on Saturday, Sola was able to play many games at the YMCA gym.
Of course, we all enjoyed Chinese dishes at Hibachi Grill Buffet.
She returned to the dorm on Sunday afternoon and plans to stay in the United States another week.
It was a wonderful experience for all of us, and I greatly appreciate my wife's support.
Friday, March 21, 2014
It is our first experience, and we are both excited and anxious.
Meeting at the orientation last Monday, she seems friendly.
Due to her limited English skills, Google Translator may be used if necessary.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Since the ground is still muddy, we decided to walk on the WIU campus, Spring Lake, and Lake Argyle.
After walking/running for 30 to 60 minutes, Sola usually gets very tired as shown on the following photos.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The story takes place between Terminator 2 and 3, and a new type of cyborg (TOK-715, T-888, and T-1001) appears.
My favorite character is Cameron.
The story is very addictive, and I am allowed to watch up to two episodes a day.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Long Way Home (begins around 3:35)
Long Way Home
Long Way Home
Afureru Hidamari no Nakade
Kata wo Ikaraseta Futari wo
Tanpopo no Watage ga Waratteta
Tooi Kiwoku wa Itsudemo
Muneno Nakade Hikatteru
Kuzure Ochita Haikyo Dato Shitemo
Minamikaze wa Kitto Fukuhazu
Anohini Kaereru Tsubasa wo Hirogete
Kono Ozora wo Tobitai
Long Way Home
Long Way Home
Friday, February 28, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
It is called InnoTab 3S.
As well as educational apps, it is possible to play songs and videos.
However, it is not easy to load them to the device.
After spending couple days, I figured out.
1. Download and install Media Coder.
2. Load video and select AVI (refer YouTube).
3. Set the following parameters and convert. (I saved configuration files)
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I did some research and fixed a problem for few dollars.
1. Clean the microwave thoroughly.
2. Unplug and remove a waive guide cover.
3. Buy a cheap one from Amazon (Example)
4. Cut the cover with a pair of scissors.
5. Insert the new one.